This is just a minor modification, nothing new or big here. I just want to show you all my first modification work done on an aluminum yoyo. This is a simple project but I am quite happy by how little work/modification affects the aesthetic of a yoyo (positively, IMO).
I got a B grade Yoyoskeel Stalker 2 a few days ago. Although it is claimed to be having some defects, but I can’t spot any of them. And I am very happy with how it plays, solid, stable and great for horizontal. However, I am not quite satisfy with its pointed rim edge (I know this kind of design is great for rim weight but I just prefer a flat rim that is more friendly to my palm) and a tiny step at the end of catch zone (I know there must be a technical reason for its presence but I prefer it to be rounded a bit to avoid/reduce string hitting while doing tricks like boingy boing). Nevertheless, I just can’t make up my mind to modify the Stalker 2 (as I never do it before and afraid of damaging the yoyo) until I notice how a YYF Shutter looks so differently and great with polished rim. Ok, let’s do it!
Here are some specifications and how the Stalkers 2 looks like before modification:
Diameter = 57.5mm
Weight = 67.5g
This is the relatively sharp rim edge that is not very nice to my palm:
And the tiny steps:
In order to flatten the rim edge, I planned to reduce the diameter from 57.5mm to 55 - 56mm, depending on how much reduction of its weight as I prefer to maintain its weight at 65g minimum. As I proceed, I found that 56mm is a suitable diameter with weight reduction of 1.2g, making the new weight of the Stalker 2 to be 66.3g, just nice! Inspired by the YYF Shutter with polished rim, I have also decided to remove the anodizing coat at the surface of the inner rings.
Here are the specification and how the Stalker 2 looks like after the modification:
Diameter = 56mm
Weight = 66.3g
I can’t sense any significant difference in terms of play characteristic, but the mod does introduce some vibe to it (I believe is due to a mistake I made at the bearing seat of a yoyo half while attaching it to my lathe). The tiny steps were not removed completely as I was afraid of damaging the pad recess area, and so I still notice string hitting at the catch zone but it has been reduced a little bit. I am quite happy with its new look. The modification adds some element of elegance to the yoyo. What do you think?
Thanks for reading and hope to hear your comment.
I think I should make a clear statement here that I am not saying the Stalker 2 is not good, but as I mentioned earlier, I am very happy with it’s play. It is just my PERSONAL PREFERENCE to flatten the rim edges a little bit and to remove the tiny steps at the end of catch zone.